Agenda 2022

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Welcome to USPAACC’s CelebrASIAN Business + Procurement Conference 2022 — America’s largest and longest-running business development conference convened by Pan Asian Americans. For over 36 years, CelebrASIAN has been creating, sustaining and energizing thousands of partnerships among corporate America, government agencies in the federal, state, and local levels, large nonprofits, the Pan Asian American, and other minority and diverse enterprises. If you are serious about growing your business, then CelebrASIAN Business + Procurement Conference is a must-attend event for you!

DRESS CODE: DAY EVENTS, BUSINESS ATTIRE. EXCELLENCE AWARDS GALA DINNER, FORMAL OR NATIONAL ATTIRE

8:30 am - 8:45 am ET

America Export Assistance

Guest Speakers

Dan Kim

Kyungsoo Dan Kim

Kyungsoo Dan Kim

Global Asia Team Leader
U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Administration

Dan Kim is the Global Asia Team Leader with the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Commercial Service based out of Chicago, Illinois. His responsibilities include promoting Asia as an export destination and coordinating resources and outreach to U.S. companies on exporting to Asia for the U.S. Commercial Service. This includes coverage across 16 markets in Asia. He is also an active participant on several industry teams, where he has contributed hands on knowledge to the advanced manufacturing, automotive parts/services equipment, railroad equipment, logistics services, and plastics industry sectors.

Prior to joining the Commerce Department, Dan worked for the S. Korean government agency, the Korea Trade Promotion-Investment Agency (KOTRA). There he specialized in connecting international SMEs to major corporations with extensive experience in automotive, commercial, pharmaceuticals, medical, and industrial applications. As an international trade delegation specialist and then a global business development manager, he launched several new products into the U.S. market and established strategic partnerships. He has considerable hands-on knowledge dealing with the challenges of exporting new products into an established market, and first-hand experience dealing with Asian cultures and business practices.

Global Asia Team Leader U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Administration
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Tamara Maxwell

Tamara Maxwell

Acting Senior Vice President
Office of Small Business

Tamara Maxwell, a native of Washington, DC, is Acting Senior Vice President (SVP) of the Office of Small Business at the Export Import Bank of the United States (EXIM or the Bank). Mrs. Maxwell has served at EXIM Bank for more than 25 years and, in her current capacity, has oversight of six divisions of the Bank to include Export Credit Insurance and Business Credit. Prior to the acting SVP appointment Mrs. Maxwell was the Vice President of the Minority and Women Owned Business and Multiplier Outreach Division (MWOB) within the Office of Small Business. Mrs. Maxwell was the driving force that stood the MWOB division up at the Bank. Since the creation of the MWOB Division she has expanded the division to include the Regional Export Promotion Program and Client Care Unit.

The MWOB Division is responsible for developing and implementing strategies for business development in the areas of minority and women owned businesses, regional collaborations, and special-initiative associations and organizations.

Mrs. Maxwell’s personal knowledge of owning a small business is a key factor in her successful creation and implementation of the MWOB Division, which was established in 1999.

Prior to creating the outreach program, her primary focus was working with the Latin American and Caribbean Market. During that time, she also expanded on her experience in assisting small businesses in structuring international transactions to meet EXIM Bank program requirements.

Before joining the Bank, Mrs. Maxwell served in the US Army during the Gulf War. She is a graduate of Bowie State University.

Acting Senior Vice President Office of Small Business
Janice Tu

Janice Tu

Janice Tu

Vice President, Operations and Development
USPAACC

Vice President, Operations and Development USPAACC
9:00 am - 10:30 am ET

Doing Business with Federal Agencies Panel

Host

Darlene Bullock

Darlene Bullock

Darlene Bullock

Director, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU)
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Darlene Bullock was appointed as the Director of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) in January 2020. She served as the Acting OSDBU Director in June 2019 and the OSDBU Deputy Director in June 2015. Ms. Bullock is responsible for implementing the Department’s small business procurement programs across DHS’ $21 billion procurement operation, which awards approximately $6 billion each year to small businesses.

Ms. Bullock joined the OSDBU in January 2011 as the Program Manager for several small business programs to include: 8(a), small disadvantaged, and women-owned. As a Desk Officer, she provided technical procurement and small business support to four DHS operational contracting offices.

Before joining the OSDBU, Ms. Bullock was a Division Director and Contracting Officer in the DHS, Office of Procurement Operations (OPO). OPO is one of the largest procurement divisions in DHS obligating about $4 - 4.5 Billion a year. Her division was responsible for supporting the Office of the Secretary and other high-visibility offices at DHS Headquarters. Ms. Bullock oversaw and managed the award process of the first DHS-wide Program Management, Administrative, Clerical, and Technical Services (PACTS) Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Contracts which were set-aside for Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSBs). PACTS had an estimated value at $1.5 billion. The award of PACTS I enabled DHS to meet and exceed the 3% SDVOSB goal for the first time in Fiscal Year 2010. DHS continues to meet or exceed the SDVOSB goal.

With over 28 years of experience in procurement, federal assistance, and acquisitions management, Ms. Bullock has held leadership positions at several Federal and local agencies including DHS, U.S. Agency for International Development, U. S. Department of Commerce, District of Columbia Government, and the U.S. Army.

Ms. Bullock began her acquisition career with the U.S. Army successfully completing the Department of Defense contract specialist intern program. She was a Certified Federal Contract Manager (CFCM) with the National Contract Management Association (NCMA) and maintains her FAC-C Level III Certification in Contracting. She has completed various Federal Executive leadership courses throughout her career. She has an undergraduate degree in Agricultural Business and Resource Economics from the University of Maryland, College Park and a MBA in International Management from Southeastern University.

Director, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Guest Speakers

Andrew Moss

Andrew Moss

Andrew Moss

Director for Minority Outreach
Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC)

Andrew Moss is the Director for Minority Outreach at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC).

In this role, Mr. Moss is responsible for promoting and developing effective public affairs marketing and outreach strategies nationwide with national banks, banking regulatory agencies, bank trade associations, minority media groups and organizations, diverse communities, other government agencies, and the general public in support of the OCC and the national banking system. He also serves as an expert advisor and consultant to the Deputy Comptroller for Public Affairs and other agency executives and staff on public affairs matters, particularly as they relate to minority banking issues. He assumed this role in June 2020.

Previously, Mr. Moss was the Outreach and External Relations Manager within the External Outreach and Minority Affairs Office, where he has also served as the Community Relations and Minority Affairs Manager.

Prior to joining the OCC, Mr. Moss held various positions at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the National Community Reinvestment Coalition.

Mr. Moss holds a bachelor of business administration degree in finance and marketing from North Carolina Central University and a master of education administration degree from George Mason University. He also holds a law degree from the University of Baltimore.

Director for Minority Outreach Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC)
Marcus Benefield

Marcus Benefield

Marcus Benefield

Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI)
Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC)

Marcus graduated from Bowie State University with a degree in Communications and concentration in Broadcast Journalism. After graduating, Marcus worked for companies such as Digital, EDS and MCI Worldcom and has 30 years of acquisitions and small business experience. Marcus previously worked at the Federal Aviation Administration for 20 years as a senior contracting officer in acquisitions and senior program analyst in the small business office, while also serving as the Program Manager for FAA’s Mentor-Protégé Program responsible for over 70 mentor-protégé and joint venture partnerships.

Marcus joined The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency in 2018 and is currently the Business Procurement Analyst and Small Business Specialist leading the Small Business Program in the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion. Marcus is passionate about working with small businesses and assisting in their growth. He believes small businesses are the backbone of society and there is a renewed energy around Supplier Diversity and Inclusion in today’s workplace which should pave the way for incredible growth in the small business community.

Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI) Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC)
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Calvin Mitchell

Calvin Mitchell

Director, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU)
U.S. Department of Education

In 2020, Calvin J. Mitchell Jr. joined the U.S. Department of Education leadership team as the Acting Director of the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU). In 2021, Mr. Mitchell transitioned to Director of OSDBU. As Director, Mr. Mitchell provides executive leadership and policy direction for developing and implementing policies and initiatives throughout the Department to ensure that all socioeconomic categories of small business are afforded opportunities to compete for contracts. Prior to the Acting OSDBU, Mr. Mitchell was the Deputy Director of Contracts and Acquisitions Management (CAM). As CAM Deputy Director, in the Office of the Chief Financial Officer, he was responsible for overseeing the work of four contracting divisions that provide operational procurement services to the Department of Education. Prior to joining the Department, Mitchell served as the Branch Chief of the Accounts Management Division at the General Services Administration. Mitchell led the organization toward meeting the Government-wide strategic goals to support all 24 CFO Act agency vision, mission, and strategic goals. Separately, Mr. Mitchell served as a Congressional Fellow for the U.S. House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee. In this position he served as the Principal Procurement Advisor to Committee leadership and provided guidance and oversight to Members and Committee staff on procurement, small business programs, and related acquisition issues within the Department of Homeland Security. Mr. Mitchell has also held leadership positions at the U.S Army Corps of Engineers.

Director, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) U.S. Department of Education
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Doan Ly Nguyen

Doan Ly Nguyen

Small Business Utilization Specialist in the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Doan Ly Nguyen is a Small Business Utilization Specialist in the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). She assumed the role in February of 2022. In this capacity, she assists the Department on its small business outreach, education, and advocacy to help HUD meet its small business and socioeconomic goals.

Prior to joining HUD, she worked at Chemonics International for 16 years in various roles. Most notable was her role as the Small Business Liaison Officer for five years from July 2014 to June 2019. Through this position she created Chemonics’ formal corporate Small Business Department. She was responsible for managing Chemonics’ small business program to help the company meet its small business goals and meet three core small business objectives: internal policy, outreach, and reporting.

Small Business Utilization Specialist in the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Ron Pierce

Ron Pierce

Ron Pierce

Director, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

Ron Pierce is the Director of the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). In his prior role, he served as an independent management consultant, where he led efforts to address issues on environmental and climate change for several small businesses and military veteran lawmakers.

He spent five years as Senior Director of PBS Veterans and Small Business Initiatives on the Station Services Team. Ron led the national planning, coordination, and implementation efforts for member stations and other public media partners across the country. Over the course of two high-profile presidential campaigns, he was the National Director of small business, veterans, and military family outreach programs at the DNC.

A combat veteran, Ron spent 11 years as a U.S. Army Officer.

He earned his B.S. in Behavioral Human Services from U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY, and holds a Master of International Affairs from The Naval Postgraduate School at Monterey, CA.

Director, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
George Price

George Price

George Price

Director, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU)
U.S. Department of State

George L. Price is the Director of the Office of Small Disadvantaged Business Utilization for the U.S. Department of State. He assumed the role in October of 2015. In this capacity, he advises the Department on all small business procurement issues and is responsible for promoting the use of Small Businesses within the Department of State to support the Department’s mission of protecting U.S. interests abroad and implementing foreign policy initiatives.

Prior to the Department of State, he was the Deputy Associate Director for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) Training and Management Assistance Program. He was responsible for providing Federal agencies with direct acquisition and project management assistance in the area of human capital management and customized training services.

Before joining OPM, he served ten years as the Director of Outreach Communications for the U.S. General Services Administration’s Federal Acquisition Service.

Mr. Price began his Federal career with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Over a ten year span at SBA, he was a Business Opportunity Specialist within the 8(a) program, a Business Development Specialist, and lastly as the Director of the HubZone Program for the Eastern United States.

Director, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) U.S. Department of State
Leandro San Roman

Leonardo San Román

Leonardo San Román

Manager, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization’s Procurement Assistance Division
U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)

Leonardo San Roman currently serves as the Manager for the DOT Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization’s Procurement Assistance Division. In this capacity, Mr. San Roman is responsible for ensuring the Department of Transportation's compliance with Federal statutes and initiatives as they relate to small business development and other disadvantaged groups.

Prior to joining DOT, Mr. San Roman served as Project Manager for the Plans, Policy, and Resources Directorate with the Naval Audit Service. Previously he served as the Finance Director for the Senate of Puerto Rico. He has also served as the Deputy Director for Administration, Budget and Finance for the Office of the Governor of Puerto Rico at the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration in Washington, D.C.

Mr. San Roman earned a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus, and obtained a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.

Manager, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization’s Procurement Assistance Division U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)
Michelle E warren

Michelle E. Warren

Michelle E. Warren

Deputy Director Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU)
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Michelle Warren began her federal career with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in 1988, as a Federal Market News Reporter within the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Agency, then later served as the Contracting Officer for the Commodity Procurement Branch, responsible for the supervision of purchasing teams which administers contracts for commodities for distribution to the National School Lunch Program and other Food Assistance Programs.

By 2010, Michelle was assigned Program Manager in the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU). In December 2015, Michelle was appointed Deputy Director in OSDBU and still holds that position. It is her responsibility to provide maximum opportunities for small businesses to participate in USDA contracting activities. Michelle served in the Acting Director’s capacity from December 2016-May 2022.

Educating, and Supporting the Buyer and the Seller is OSDBU’s core value.

Michelle’s philosophy is, “Think about what you want to do, DO IT, then think about what you have done!”

Michelle is a graduate of Virginia State University located in Petersburg, VA with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Business and Economics.

Deputy Director Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) U.S. Department of Agriculture
10:00 am - 12:15 pm ET

Supplier Diversity & Procurement Leadership Caucus

(Corporate Agencies Only)

Guest Speaker

Shami

Shami Anand

Shami Anand

Certified Leadership Coach and Strategist
Power Your Impact

Shami Anand is a seasoned Executive with over 30-years experience developing, transforming, and leading high performing global teams in Procurement, Supply Chain, and Accounting.

At Otis, United Technologies and PepsiCo, Shami held various Executive roles including Vice President and Center of Excellence Leader-Global Procurement, Global Procurement Transformation Leader, and Executive Director Global Supply Chain.

In early 2020, Shami launched Power Your Impact, a coaching and strategy business designed to help Corporate leaders and employees build an organizational culture of inclusivity and belonging.

Shami is Certified with Coach Training Alliance (an International Coach Federation accredited program). Other credentials include Change Management Certification (ADKAR), Certified Public Accountant, and a BS in Accounting from Babson College.

Certified Leadership Coach and Strategist Power Your Impact
10:45 am - 12:15 pm ET

Procurement Opportunity Center Program

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Hosts

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Susan Au Allen

Susan Au Allen

National President & CEO
USPAACC

National President & CEO USPAACC
Ron Perry

Ron Perry

Ron Perry

President
National 8(a) Association

Ron Perry is an Alaskan Native and a nationally recognized expert in 8(a) and minority contracting to include Mentor-Protégé, Joint Ventures, teaming, equity buyouts, and national business trends.

In his role as President of the National 8(a) Association, Mr. Perry facilitated thousands of meetings between large and small companies resulting in many successful relationships that led to hundreds of millions of dollars in contracts for small businesses.

Mr. Perry has been instrumental in creating relationships with groups such as the Associated General Contractors, National Black Chamber of Commerce, the Native Hawaiian Organizations Association, US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Society of American Military Engineers, and the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.

Mr. Perry’s Teya Development company provides services in Information Technology, manufacturing, janitorial, event planning, construction, Operations and Maintenance, and management sectors. Teya is a subsidiary of Salamatof Native Association located in Kenai Alaska. Teya has secured millions of dollars in contracts and now has over 750 employees nationwide. Teya has had excellent success utilizing the Small Business Administration’s programs to include the 8(a) business development program, HUBZone, and the All Small Mentor-Protégé Program. Teya also has a Secret facility clearance.

Mr. Perry obtained his bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University. He also attended 8(a) training through Loyola University and a pilot program between Howard University and the University of Alaska Anchorage.

USPAACC and the National 8(a) Association signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in April of 2022. The MOU formalizes the relationship between the organizations and expands opportunities for additional collaboration.

President National 8(a) Association
Robb Wong

Robb Wong

Robb Wong

USPAACC Procurement Opportunity Center Advisory Council and Founder CEO
FedSolve

Robb recently returned to FedSolve to lead small business growth strategy. From 2017-2020 he was appointed by the White House to SBA as Associate Administrator/GCBD where he led the small business government contracting industry for the United States. He worked with Congress, the White House, DOD, Civilian, and industry leaders to grow the industry by more than 34% (largest growth in history). Robb increased the usefulness of federal certifications to include 8(a), HUBZone, WOSB, SDVOSB, ASMPP/JV and improved protections for small businesses with several new regulations published from 2019-2020. His team’s objective was that “small businesses are government’s best option to achieve agency missions!” That commitment remains today.

Robb’s professional background is unique with over 30 years of experience and expertise in SBA and government contract laws and policy; but also, with significant success leading small and large government contractors. He started his career with SBA as HQ attorney (he’s a Hoya Lawya) he was counsel to the 8(a) program; and helped to author eligibility rules in 1990 that are still in existence today. He moved into management and served as Acting Director in 2 SBA District offices. From 1997-2017, Robb left government and entered the private sector, where he was CEO, owned, or led several 8(a) and HUBZone companies before going back to government at SBA as AA/GCBD from 2017-2020. Robb remains an active leader, advocate and advisor in the government contracting industry.

USPAACC Procurement Opportunity Center Advisory Council and Founder CEO FedSolve

Guest Speakers

Mathew Blum

Mathew Blum

Mathew Blum

Associate Administrator, Office of Federal Procurement Policy
Office of Management and Budget (OMB)

Mathew Blum is the Associate Administrator at the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, Office of Management and Budget, in Washington, D.C. He manages the development of legislation, regulations, and policies to promote efficient, effective, and innovative acquisition practices.

Mr. Blum is a contributing author to a variety of government contract publications, including articles that have appeared in the Journal of Strategic Contracting and Negotiation, Contract Management, The Government Contractor, The Procurement Lawyer, and the Administrative Law Journal of the American University.

Mr. Blum is a National Academy of Public Administration Fellow, the 2017 recipient of the John J. Franke Award recognizing contributions to a more effective and collaborative government, a two-time winner of Federal Computer Week’s “Fed 100” Award, and recipient of the Coalition for Government Procurement’s “Unsung Hero Award for Procurement Policy Excellence.” In 2010, Mr. Blum received a Presidential Rank Award for his ongoing work in OMB.

Mr. Blum is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate from the College of William and Mary. He received a Juris Doctor, with honors, from the George Washington University Law School, where he serves as a member of its Government Contracts Advisory Board. He is also a member of the District of Columbia Bar and the Virginia Bar.

Associate Administrator, Office of Federal Procurement Policy Office of Management and Budget (OMB)
Usha Boddapu

Usha Boddapu

Usha Boddapu

CEO & Founder
ESOLVIT

Usha Boddapu is the Founder and CEO of ESOLVIT, Inc., where she puts her entrepreneurial mettle and technology expertise to the task of providing Information Technology (IT) solutions and services. ESOLVIT, Inc. is Usha’s platform for passing on her business success back to society by helping other women entrepreneurs. In addition to ESOLVIT, Inc., Usha oversees ARYTIC, Inc., a next generation Artificial Intelligence Predictive Analytics Hiring Platform.

Usha has mentored Service-Disabled Veteran (SDV)-Owned, Woman-Owned (WO), Minority-Owned Small Businesses (SBs) and established incubator programs for high school students. ESOLVIT, Inc., through a Mentor-Protégé program with SDV- and WOSB, made available patented ARYTIC, Inc. software solution on the 8(a) STARS III Government Wide Acquisition Contract. Usha received her master’s degree in Computer Science in 1997.

AWARDS:

Most Prestigious and highest national award from U.S Department of Commerce

“Minority Professional Services Firm of the Year.” From among 11 million businesses in the North America presented at MEDWEEK 2020 by National USMBDA

NAWBO National Association of Women Business owner of the year 2020, 2021 from San Antonio and Austin Chapter. First Indian Asian American to win this award in the inception of NAWBO San Antonio biggest chapter from the inception of this chapter since 1998

National award from USPAACC Fast 100 Asian American Business of the year 2020

National award from USPAACC Fast 50 Asian American Business of the year 2022

Austin Business Journal Profiles in Power award in 2019 Most Influential Women in Central Texas

Austin Woman’s way Technology and Innovation Award in 2021

National SCORE “Celia Bell Entrepreneur Award” in 2019 from Austin Chapter

The Power of People Technology Innovation Award from Engage Boston

City of Austin Supplier of the Year Award in 2020

City of Austin Excellence Award for giving back to community in 2019

Economic Engine of the year award from GAACC in 2017

CEO & Founder ESOLVIT
Richard Fu

Richard Fu

Richard Fu

CEO & President
IMPRES Technology Solutions

IMPRES knows the Federal marketplace. As a leading IT solutions provider, IMPRES Technology Solutions, Inc., combines decades of technological expertise with a thorough understanding of the federal procurement and contracting process to implement the best possible IT solution for civilian and defense agencies while reducing risk and lowering costs.

With a vendor-neutral approach, we can lead you through the procurement process to uncover the core drivers for your unique mission requirements.

IMPRES has been recognized as an industry leader within the Federal community and by OEM's alike. Recently named as Dell Technologies Excellence in Customer Experience – Partner of the Year 2021 and Los Angeles Business Journal 100 Fastest-Growing Private Companies.

IMPRES is a certified HUBZone, minority-owned, small business with ISO 9001:2015 Certified by DQS, Inc. and CMMI Service 3.

CEO & President IMPRES Technology Solutions
Mark Hagedorn

Mark R. Hagedorn

Mark R. Hagedorn

Attorney-Advisor, Office of Procurement Law, Office of General Counsel
SBA

Mark Hagedorn is an Attorney Advisor in the Office of Procurement Law at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) in Washington, DC. He serves as a legal advisor to Agency officials and their staffs with respect to the 8(a) Business Development program; the Women-Owned Small Business Concern program; the Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Concern program; the HUBZone program; suspension and debarment matters; and SBA’s internal contracting procedures. Mr. Hagedorn also represents the Agency in matters before SBA’s Office of Hearings and Appeals and the U.S. Government Accountability Office. He has been a lawyer in SBA’s Office of General Counsel since 2016.

Attorney-Advisor, Office of Procurement Law, Office of General Counsel SBA
John Klein

John W. Klein

John W. Klein

Acting Deputy General Counsel & Associate General Counsel for Procurement Law, Office of General Counsel
SBA

John Klein is the Associate General Counsel for Procurement Law at the U.S. Small Business Administration.  He serves as the principal legal advisor to senior Agency officials and their staffs with respect to the 8(a) Business Development program; the Agency's Government Contracting programs, including the small business set-aside, subcontracting and Certificate of Competency programs; the HUBZone program; the Small Business Innovation Research program; the Size Standards program; the Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business program; the Woman-Owned Small Business program; and SBA’s internal contracting procedures.

Mr. Klein has been a lawyer in SBA’s Office of General Counsel since 1983, serving in the Office of Legislation and the Office of General Law before becoming the Associate General Counsel for the Office of Procurement Law in 2000.  He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1980, and With Distinction from Hofstra University School of Law in 1983.

Acting Deputy General Counsel & Associate General Counsel for Procurement Law, Office of General Counsel SBA
Anthony Roberts

Anthony Roberts

Anthony Roberts

Small Business Professional for the Office of Small Business Programs, Aberdeen Proving Ground (OSBP - APG)
Communication and Electronics Command (CECOM)

Mr. Anthony Roberts is a Small Business Professional for the Office of Small Business Programs, Aberdeen Proving Ground (OSBP-APG), Maryland that supports the Communication and Electronics Command (CECOM) and its tenant’s organizations.

Mr. Roberts is primarily responsible for reviewing and providing input to acquisition requirements, conducting market research and overall Small Business support to the Program Executive Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors (PEO IEW&S) mission partner. PEO IEW&S is made up of 7 project managers across 3 locations, dedicated to designing, delivering, and sustaining advanced technologies to give our Soldiers the decisive edge. He also serves as the Small Business Professional supporting the Army Contracting Center, Aberdeen Proving Ground (ACC-APG) who is responsible for executing well over $27B in obligations and over 20K contract actions in FY21.

Mr. Roberts, previously served as the Contract Operation Manager and Contracting Specialist for the Mission and Installation Contracting Command – Fort Belvoir (MICC-Fort Belvoir) office. During his tenure with MICC-Fort Belvoir he played a key role in leading several Advance Planning Briefing to Industry (APBI) at Fort Detrick, Fort Meade and Fort Belvoir.

Mr. Roberts received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from National-Louis University, he is 20 year Army veteran and Level III DAWIA certified in Contracting through the Defenses Acquisition University.

Small Business Professional for the Office of Small Business Programs, Aberdeen Proving Ground (OSBP - APG) Communication and Electronics Command (CECOM)
Roby Schapira

Roby Schapira

Roby Schapira

Senior Vice President and Director of Small Business Diverse Customer Segments
Wells Fargo

Robert “Roby” Schapira leads Small Business Diverse Segments for Wells Fargo. In this role, Roby’s team builds strategy and guides the execution of initiatives that support Wells Fargo’s efforts to positively impact diverse/women-owned small businesses. Focus areas include strengthening access to capital, building engagement with women-owned businesses, developing partnership with diverse chambers/small business organizations, and removing barriers for un/underbanked businesses.

A 23-year Wells Fargo veteran, Schapira began his career at Wells Fargo as a part-time teller in 1998. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Arizona and is a graduate of Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington. He is the co-chair of the Corporate Advisory Council for the National LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce and a board member of the GSBA, Washington’s LGBTQ+ chamber.

Schapira is an accomplished speaker and has provided insight on small business topics for national and local media outlets, nonprofit organizations, and financial industry forums.

Senior Vice President and Director of Small Business Diverse Customer Segments Wells Fargo
Laura Stanton

Laura J. Stanton

Laura J. Stanton

Assistant Commissioner, Office of Information Technology Category, Federal Acquisition Service, GSA & OMB-appointed Government-Wide IT Category Manager
GSA

Laura Stanton is the Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Information Technology Category (ITC), in GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service (FAS). The Federal Acquisition Service provides buying platforms and acquisition services to Federal, DoD, State, and Local governments for a broad range of items from office supplies and motor vehicles to information technology and telecommunications products and services. As an organization within FAS, ITC provides access to a wide range of commercial and custom IT products, services, and solutions.

As Assistant Commissioner, Laura manages the largest fee-for-service IT procurement and services operation in the U.S. government. Laura leads a highly-skilled and diverse workforce that manages more than 6,000 contracts, providing access to relevant and timely IT and telecommunications products, services, and solutions to defense and civilian agencies, as well as to state, local, and tribal governments. ITC facilitates more than $32 billion in annual government spending and has provided nearly $2 billion in savings to its customers.

Before rising to lead ITC, Laura served as its Deputy Assistant Commissioner for Category Management, where she oversaw a portfolio of acquisition solutions including the Government-wide Acquisition Contracts (GWACs) Alliant 2, VETS 2, 8(a) STARS II and III. In addition, her portfolio also included the Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) and the USAccess shared services programs. Laura’s guidance and oversight of the category teams helped ITC play a critical role in the Administration’s IT modernization efforts to drive a more efficient and effective government for the American people.

Laura came to ITC from GSA’s Office of Enterprise Strategy Management. As the Assistant Commissioner, Laura directed FAS’s strategic business planning, performance management, category management, and Acquisition Gateway adoption. She played an integral role in creating and executing a FAS strategic vision that aims to establish itself as the Government Acquisition Marketplace. She also coordinated with the Category Management Leadership Council and the Office of Federal Procurement Policy to implement category management government-wide.

Laura was named a recipient of the 2015 Federal 100 Awards, presented to government, industry, and academic leaders who have played pivotal roles affecting how the federal government acquires, develops, and manages IT.

Laura received her Bachelor of Arts from Smith College and a Masters of Public Policy from Georgetown University. Her thesis on broadband adoption was published by the IEEE, the world’s largest professional association for the advancement of technology.

Assistant Commissioner, Office of Information Technology Category, Federal Acquisition Service, GSA & OMB-appointed Government-Wide IT Category Manager GSA
Sundar Vaidyanathan

Sundar Vaidyanathan

Sundar Vaidyanathan

Co-Founder and CEO
Karsun Solutions

Sundar Vaidyanathan is the Co-Founder and CEO of Karsun Solutions. In this role, he is responsible for overall strategic direction of the company, developing and executing long-term strategies, and driving business results. Sundar epitomizes Karsun’s commitment to modernizing enterprises through technology innovations. Sundar is a proven leader with deep expertise in developing strong customer relationships, a passion for building high-performance teams, and a disciplined focus on delivery excellence. Prior to founding Karsun Solutions, he held leadership roles at Unisys Corporation and KPMG Consulting, driving strategy and implementation of complex multi-million-dollar IT programs. Sundar is active in the federal IT community and has served in leadership positions at technology-focused industry organizations such as American Council of Technology and Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC). He currently serves on the board of ACT-IAC. Sundar holds a Bachelor Degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from the College of Engineering, Guindy, a Master’s Degree in Electrical Communication Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science and an MBA from the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland.

Co-Founder and CEO Karsun Solutions
Venu Year

Venu Yerra

Venu Yerra

Founder and CEO
Idea Entity Corporation

Venu Yerra is the founder and CEO of Idea Entity Corporation. He is involved in all aspects of company strategy and day-to-day operations. Venu is a visionary executive, technologist, and change agent. Having emerged from the Microsoft ecosystem, Venu conceptualized and shaped Idea Entity into the essential services organization it is today. Venu is credited with bringing the Personal Software Process (PSP) and the Team Software Process (TSP) to Microsoft, where the framework was implemented on a global scale.

Venu and his team are proud of their commitment to three core values: functional empathy, a customer-centric approach, and giving unbiased advice. In conjunction with his advanced skillset and knowledge of information technology, systems, and processes, these three values helped Venu develop Rhybus. RhyBus is a comprehensive change management platform offering customized workflows for resident and remote workers.

RhyBus simplifies organizational change. We engage process owners, influencers, and end users to develop a digital model for the customer’s work process. Our solutions are intuitively familiar, building on incremental improvements that enable flexibility, productivity, transparency, and compliance. At RhyBus, we see a world where solutions are built around an existing process on familiar platforms so that you can simply go about your work bringing together the right people and resources with visibility that leaves nothing in the dark.

With over 20 years of software development, quality assurance, program management, and process management experience, Venu enjoys spending his time engaging in new client projects and bringing his technical and leadership abilities to surpass client expectations. Idea Entity's dynamic growth reflects his passion for enabling and mentoring people.

List of awards:

  • Financial Times
    • 2022 Americas’ Fastest-Growing Companies
  • Inc 5000
    • 2021 Inc 5000 America’s Fastest-Growing Companies
    • 2021 Inc 5000 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in the D.C. Metro Region
  • Seattle Business Magazine Top 100 Best Places to Work
  • Microsoft U.S. Public Sector Diversity Partners Spotlight Contest
Founder and CEO Idea Entity Corporation
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm ET

Synergy & Scholarship Awards Luncheon

Host

Derrick Perkins

Derrick Perkins

Derrick Perkins

Market Executive
Bank of America

Derrick Perkins is the Market Executive for the Greater Washington DC. His primary role is to help meet the local market goals of connecting businesses, families, and individuals to the banking and investment teams. He also leads the effort to deploy the bank’s resources in the market to address social and economic concerns and build strong communities. Prior to accepting the role as Market Executive, he was a Senior Relationship Manager with coverage of affordable housing developers based in Suburban MD, Washington, DC and Virginia. His responsibilities also included leading the Bank’s national Charter School construction lending efforts.

Derrick joined NationsBank in 1998 in the Consumer Credit Card division as an account Manager in Norfolk, VA. In 2000, Derrick accepted a role as a Portfolio Management Associate in the Business Banking division in Richmond, VA. In 2002, Derrick relocated to Mclean, VA to work in the Middle Market banking group as a credit analyst and eventually an Underwriter. After four years in the Middle Market banking Derrick accepted a role within Community Development Lending, underwriting affordable housing developers and charter school facilities. Derrick accepted his current role as Market Executive in 2018.

Derrick holds Bachelor’s from Hampton University and a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Derrick lives in Upper Marlboro, MD. Derrick is on the Boards of Virginia Housing Alliance, Volunteers of America National Services and Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers.

Market Executive Bank of America

Guest Speaker

Millie Nuezca

Millie Nuezca

Millie Nuezca

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Advisor
Southern California Edison

Millie Nuezca Yee is a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Advisor at Southern California Edison, one of the nation’s largest electric utilities bringing clean and renewable sources of energy to 15 million people across southern, central, and coastal California. As an integral part of the corporate DEI team, Millie brings thought leadership to all operating units within the organization, collaborating with leaders and employees to drive the company’s corporate DEI and culture transformation strategies. Through the integration of DEI into every aspect of our business, Edison strives to strengthen physical and psychological safety, trust, equity, excellence, and belonging for SCE’s employees, customers, and communities. Millie is a National Diversity Council Certified Diversity Professional (NDCCDP) with over 20 years of human resources experience and expertise in diversity, equity & inclusion, talent acquisition, project management, and as a business partner. She also serves as the vice president of ASCEND (AAPI) and an advisor to Lighthouse (LGBTQ+ and allies), Business Resource Groups.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Advisor Southern California Edison
Jon Suber

Jon Suber

Jon Suber

Supplier Diversity Manager
MassMutual

Jon Suber joins MassMutual as the Supplier Diversity Manager reporting to Regina Heyward, Head of Supplier Diversity. Jon has served as Supplier Diversity and Development Manager at Freddie Mac with responsibility for connecting and developing diverse suppliers within Freddie Mac’s Supply Chain. He has been commended for his strategic leadership and relationship building and for integrating Supplier Diversity best practices across the organization, including establishing the widely recognized Supplier Academy, a diverse supplier development program. He has worked within the Supply Chain field across several industries including Consumer Product Goods, Food Security, and the Financial Services.

Jon as also been recognized for his successful appearances on podcasts, panels, and webinars in the Supplier Diversity Space. He has been awarded the 2021 Women’s Business Advocate of the Year by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council Greater DMV.

Jon holds an MBA in Supply Chain Management from Howard University and a BA in Marketing from the University of Pittsburgh.

Supplier Diversity Manager MassMutual
Anthony Twyman

Anthony Twyman

Anthony Twyman

Assistant Manager of Purchasing Compliance
MGM National Harbor

Anthony Twyman is the Assistant Manager of Purchasing Compliance for MGM National Harbor, a $1.4 billion resort and casino located in the National Harbor, MD. He is responsible for vendor onboarding, reporting, and vendor gaming and nongaming licensing and supplier diversity compliance.

Mr. Twyman is a graduate of the University of Maryland, University College with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. He is currently pursuing a double-degree in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is a proud resident of Southern Maryland where he lives with his beautiful wife and their four young children.

Assistant Manager of Purchasing Compliance MGM National Harbor

Student Speakers

Jasmine Bao

Jasmine Bao

Jasmine Bao


Raef Makrai

Raef Makrai

Raef Makrai